RESA Scholarship – In Honor Of Karen Dembsky

On October 5th, 2013, RESA lost one of our valued members, Karen Dembsky of Atlanta, GA. Karen played an integral role within her local staging community, as well as within RESA. She extended her reach by offering assistance to “new” stagers coming into the industry. For example, Karen established and moderated a group on Active Rain for new stagers where they could learn, share concerns, and ask questions. Karen knew first-hand the specific challenges new stagers faced on a daily basis, and was always there to help and share her wisdom and experience.

In honor of Karen, the RESA Board has approved a scholarship in Karen’s name. The Karen Dembsky Memorial Scholarship for 2014 will be a free entry  ticket to the RESA Convention 2014 in Las Vegas. Since Karen’s focus was helping new stagers, the Board has also agreed to limit the scholarship to those who have been in business for one year or less.

Please note, this free ticket covers the expense of the Convention fee only; the winning applicant will still have to provide for their own travel expenses, hotel room, and any other expenses they incur.

In summary, the requirements for application for this scholarship are :

1)  Must be in business for one year or less
2)  Must have  proof of home  staging business insurance
3)  Must submit an essay (limit to 750 words) on why you believe you are best     qualified for this  scholarship
4)  Must be a RESA member in good standing
5)  Must confirm that you have the necessary funds for travel and hotel expenses

If you are not a current member, please join so that you may qualify for this scholarship.

Please submit your essay in an email to The deadline for submission is December 20th, 2013. Please place in the subject line: Karen Dembsky Memorial Scholarship Essay. All submissions will be presented to the RESA Board for review and selection. Please address the following questions when submitting:

Years in business:

Please  provide  your business insurance policy number,  agent’s  name and phone number:

RESA member in good standing: Yes or No

Confirmation that you have the necessary funds for travel and hotel expenses by answering “yes” or “no.” Example: Yes. I have the necessary funds for travel, hotel and any other incidentals. Or, No. I do not currently have the funds.

Include Essay

For those  applicants who  have already paid for their RESA convention ticket and want to enter, please feel free to do so. Should your submission be selected, the amount you paid for the convention ticket will be refunded  to you .

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